Sunday, May 21, 2017

Top 10 stories of the week

Check out the top 10 stories of the week

1. Now on Netflix: Twin Peaks, Season 1 (1990)

2. 2016 Beboti Awards: Best Actress

3. 2016 Beboti Awards: Best Supporting Actor

4. Now on Netflix: Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie

5. Now on Netflix: Long Nights Short Mornings (2017)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Now on HBO: Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017) - Directed by Erin Lee Carr

By Kenny Howell

Just when you think Mommy Dead and Dearest can't get weirder and more horrible, it gets weirder and more horrible.

Director Erin Lee Carr latches on to the true crime craze that has brought Making a Murderer and the podcast Serial, with this story of a young woman who murdered her own mother.

The young woman in question is Gypsey Rose, who grew up with just about every ailment possible. She had leukemia, muscular dystrophy, needed a feeding tube, was wheelchair bound, and many other horrible things. In all that suffering, she received free trips to Disney World, a house that could accommodate her needs, and many other gifts from friends and organizations.

But things weren't exactly as they seemed, because it was discovered that Gypsey's mother Dee Dee had Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome where she would drug and manipulate her daughter into believing she has these ailments. She could even fool the doctors that treated her, which would give her treatments for the made up ailments her mother cooked up.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Now on Netflix: Between Us (2017)

Between Us (2017) - Written and Directed by Rafael Palacio Illingworth; Starring Ben Feldman, Olivia Thirlby, Analeigh Tipton, Betsy Brandt, Adam Goldberg, Peter Bogdanovich.

By Kenny Howell

After Beauty and the Beast, the next tale as old as time is spouses cheating on each other, or wanting to at least.

Movies have mined that theme for years, so it's hard to really bring anything new to it. Between Us definitely has issues with that.

It tells the story of Henry (Ben Feldman) and Dianne (Olivia Thirlby). They have been together for quite some time, and are on the verge of buying an apartment and maybe getting married. But, as it happens, commitment begins to scare them, and their eyes begin to wander. Henry meets a musician played by Analeigh Tipton (Mississippi Grind) when she criticizes the lack of music in one of his films, and Dianne meets a man on a work project. The race to them cheating is on.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Movie Review: Miss Sloane (2016)

Miss Sloane (2016) - Directed by John Madden; Written by Jonathan Perera; Starring Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Christine Baranski, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow.

By Kenny Howell

Miss Sloane tries really hard.

That's kind of the problem. It wants so desperately to be edgy, political and smart, but it really isn't any of those things. It's the type of movie that Aaron Sorkin would make into a enthralling, maybe a bit annoying, work, but outside of his hands it is just kind of dull.

Jessica Chastain (Interstellar) plays the titular character, a Washington D.C. lobbyist who rejects a job from the gun lobby that would have catered toward women, making guns more attractive to them. Instead, she ends up working for the opposition, a Brady bill group that wants to get some kind of momentum going against the powerful gun lobby.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Movie Review: Why Him? (2017)

Why Him? (2017) - Directed by John Hamburg; Written by John Hamburg, Ian Helfer; Starring Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Megan Mullaly, Keegan-Michael Key, Kaley Cuoco, Adam Devine, Casey Wilson, Andrew Rannells, Cedric the Entertainer.

By Kenny Howell

A bunch of talented actors teach you that old people are different than young people in this lazy comedy.

Bryan Cranston (Sneaky Pete) plays the father of a Stanford student, portrayed by the delightful Zoey Deutch (Everybody Wants Some!), who learns of his daughter's new crazy boyfriend Laird. Laird is a tech entrepreneur that hit it big in his teens, and maybe hasn't developed the social skills necessary to woo the parents of his girlfriend. He cusses frequently, has artwork of animals doing it all over his house. Why Him, am I right?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Now on Netflix: The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2017)

The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2017) - Directed by Felix Herngren, Mans Herngren; Written by Felix Herngren, Hans Ingemansson; Starring Robert Gustafsson, Jens Hulten, Caroline Boulton.

By Kenny Howell

A terrific idea for a screwball roadtrip isn't totally realized in this Swedish comedy.

101-Year-Old Allen sets out on a mission to find something possibly worth millions of dollars. Back during the Cold War, Russia was trying to find ways to compete culturally with the United States. Everyone liked American rock music, clothes and food, that Russia was afraid they were going to fall behind because they didn't have any of that.

The Russians tried rock music, but it failed, so they turned to soda to compete with Coke and Pepsi. By accident, they come up with the best tasting soda in the world, something called Folksoda. However, since the collapse of the USSR and by an agreement with the US, Folksoda has disappeared.